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Dozens detained in Moscow at rally of Russian soldiers’ wives, rights group says

DOZENS of people were detained by police in central Moscow at a rally protesting against Russia’s mobilisation of men to fight in Ukraine, a human rights group said.

At least 27 people were detained as a group representing the wives of mobilised soldiers gathered at the Kremlin wall to lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier monument, said OVD-Info, which reports on freedom of assembly in Russia.

Most of the detained were journalists, it added, saying later that some of the people were let go.

Several people were also detained at other locations in central Moscow, OVD-Info said.


A growing movement of Russian women is demanding the return from the front of their husbands, sons and brothers who were mobilised after a decree by President Vladimir Putin in September last year.

The Moscow prosecutor’s office said that the rally hadn’t been coordinated with the authorities, issuing a warning about calling and participating in unauthorised mass events.

The wife of a mobilised serviceman, who joined the Russian armed forces involved in a military campaign in Ukraine, comes together with members of the women’s movement “Way Home” to lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall and to demand return of their husbands from Ukraine front, in Moscow, Russia, February 3, 2024. A slogan on the ribbon reads: “Bring husband back”. REUTERS
By The African Mirror